Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Melky Cabrera Tests Positive

 "Hey, look, it's my testosterone level."
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. 
The suspension of Cabrera is effective immediately.
For those of you that think this is a mistake, and like Ryan Braun, Melky will fight this and try to prove his innocence, he released this statement through The Players Association -
“My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used. I accept my suspension under the Joint Drug Program and I will try to move on with my life. I am deeply sorry for my mistake and I apologize to my teammates, to the San Francisco Giants organization and to the fans for letting them down.”
I'm far from a fan of Cabrera's, and to be honest it's probably an irrational dislike. I think it stems from the fact so many Yankee fans were upset when he was traded before the 2010 season. Then again, it may be the guy the Yanks acquired for Melky that was the problem. Who knows? However, even though I won't be joining the Melky Cabrera Fan Club, I'm not going to say his recent success is all because of the extra testosterone.

Sure, perhaps the last time he was tested was in the first half of the 2011 season, when he was hitting .293/.332/.455. And after that negative test he decided to start using a PED so that he could hit... say... .384/.412/.580 in July, and then .323/.350/.448 in September/October. Oh, and put up a line of .297/.328/.505 in August. Then, after getting a raise of $4.75 million, he could hit a whopping .346/.390/.516 (all numbers well above his career averages) before his first time being a free agent.

But thinking he was trying to be this shady is probably ludicrous. And in no way should this news make somebody that is not a fan of Melky, say... me, feel better about that "irrational" dislike. Not to mention going so far as to call Melky Cabrera the c-word (no, not THAT c-word).

2 comments:

  1. I have to say, though... at least Melky admitted to taking a drug that caused the positive test, instead of creating a bullshit story.

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  2. What scares me is he worked with A Rod all off season and he begged the Yankees to sign him.... and A Rod, besides a fastball to the hand, has been eerily healthy if anything. Not that I think he is on it again because if he is he needs to try something else but still.

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